We all know safe driving is important. Fortunately, being a safe driver is as easy as paying a bit of extra attention to your car, and conducting regular auto repair and maintenance. One of the best (and simplest) things you can do to keep your car running safe and strong is to check its windshield wiper fluid.
While washer fluid doesn’t lubricate the engine like motor oil, or regulate a car’s temperature like antifreeze. It does ensure a clear field of vision, which makes driving safer and easier.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the ins and outs of washer fluid, and how to keep yours fresh and ready to hit the road.
Let’s get started.
Are There Different Kinds of Windshield Wiper Fluid?
Walk into a local automotive store and head to the washer fluid aisle. The first thing you’ll notice is that there are many different kinds of wiper fluid on the market.
For best results, you’ll want to choose the one that’s right for your climate and vehicle. For example, some labels will read “winter” or “all-season.” These fluids are designed to withstand temperatures between 32 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some companies also make wiper fluids with special ingredients. For example, some wiper fluids include detergent designed to remove tough dirt from the windshield. Others contain de-icer to combat rain, sleet, and snow.
In Florida, a typical all-season washer fluid should be sufficient. If you have questions about the different options available, talk to one of the techs here at DeBroux Automotive.
How to Add Washer Fluid
Compared to something like motor oil, washer fluid is easy to add. On most vehicles, you can simply follow these steps:
- Pop the hood
- Locate the washer fluid reservoir (consult your user manual if you can’t locate it)
- Fill the reservoir until you reach the fill line
If you’d prefer to have a professional fill your fluid for you, have it done the next time you take your car in for service.
Here at DeBroux Automotive, we use a windshield wiper concentrate to mix our own washer fluid. If we know someone is traveling to a colder area (or if winter is around the corner here in Florida), we will add a de-icer to the fluid.
To make sure your washer fluid is functioning as well as it should, you should also check and replace windshield wipers regularly. We recommend replacing them every six months to avoid dried-out, ineffective blades.
A Cautionary Note: Most vehicle fluids, including antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid, can be dangerous for pets and kids. With that in mind, take steps to ensure your animals can’t access spills or leaks. And that all wiper fluid is stored in a safe location.
DeBroux Automotive: Your Source for Reliable Auto Repair
While washer fluid seems like a relatively unimportant part of your vehicle, it has a big impact on safe driving. By making sure your wiper fluid is filled and ready to go, our team can help you stay safe on the road, no matter where your travels take you. Ready to learn more? Contact our team to schedule your first appointment today